The Killing Joke- Memories Monologue

The Killing Joke- Memories

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The Killing Joke “Memories” monologue, to me, pretty much defines Joker as a character. It shows who he is at the core, well that, and it’s just an awesome dialogue all together.

I gave it a shot with the same rules applying, I attempted it with my own style. I’ve seen a lot of people do incredibly jobs impersonating it, I’d much rather try to make something of my own out of it though.

Opinions/Critique/Suggestions are all welcome.

 

 

Batman: The Killing Joke Narration

Batman: The Killing Joke Narration

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The Joker, as mentioned in a previous post, is my favorite character. His dark persona makes his dialogue exciting, but at the same time incredibly challenging. In the Killing Joke this applies as true as ever.

The original uploaded file had an issue with the speed of the file being amplified and having no idea as to how to reverse it. Below is a new version that I feel sounds a bit better.

In this narration I try to place my own touch on the “One Bad Day,” Monologue from the animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke.

The original scene can be found by clicking here.

Music from my clip is provided from here.

Joker Narration Attempt Number 2

Joker Narration

I’ve decided Joker is probably the hardest narration to drive on account of it being so well done from Heath Ledger. After several attempts I came up with this:

Joker Monologue from the Dark Knight

Joker Monologue The Dark Knight

I personally feel this one is a bust, but I tried it anyway because I wanted to. Well that, and the fact my friend said I should give it a try. The Joker is my favorite character of all time.

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Once we established that me trying to mimic the voice wasn’t an option I went with trying to spin my own style.

This is an example of audio realms where I need to adapt and learn a bit more, but that’s what this is all about. Finding my strengths and weaknesses and then making an effort to grow from there.

Personal Perspective Narration

Personal Perspective and Change

personal perspective

This audio has the background music by V for Vendetta, partially because it’s the flavor of the day, and partially because I have know just about nothing about taking an audio recording and properly pairing it with music that supports the words.

Baby steps I suppose.

This narration is about personal perspective, change, and the challenge we run into on a universal platform. The writing is my own.

In life…our greatest enemy is ourselves. Taking the time to grasp that concept and flip the switch, turning it from a nemesis to a dear companion, can make the experience of life something we never knew existed.

V for Vendetta Revolution- Speech Narration

V for Vendetta Revolution- Speech Narration

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love the revolutionary speech that V gives in it. It takes the idea of unity, (real unity, unlike the circus of protests that we have going on in today’s world), and highlights the potential power behind it.

Any critique is appreciated. I’m just putting my feet into the water in this realm of creativity and I’m aware that there is a lot to learn. Feel free to tell me if there is something I can improve and things I should be watching out for. It would all be appreciated.

The original video from the V for Vendetta movie can be viewed by clicking here.

American Psycho Confession Personalized

American Psycho confession

This is the American Psycho Confession scene with a personal touch. I think if I tried to imitate the crying/mental breakdown I would sound awful, so giving it a personal touch and hoping for the best.

 

As always, critique/suggestion is always welcome on account of knowing I have a lot to learn. Thank you for checking it out.

Original link can be watched by clicking here.

An Author’s Descent Into Podcasts

When trying to rate podcasts there are a variety of things to consider. For beginners, the “best” podcast is something that is up for grabs. It’s not something anyone can really label. It comes down to Podcast content matching a person’s personal interests.

I’m not a large name of any sorts; I’m a singular opinion. I feel an opinion can spawn a following when the suggestions are enticing.

The Podcasts I will be pointing out will be ones of a darker variety. So, for starts, if butterflies and rainbows are your thing…you are in the wrong place.

Without further ado:

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I have a love for just about anything scary. I must have been around 7 years old when I declared that my favorite movie was “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Before thinking what the hell childhood did I live, I had a normal upbringing.

I just have a genuine interest in things that can make you stop in your tracks and wonder, “What was that?”

And so my quest began on looking for horror Podcasts, which believe it or not is far more challenging then one might think. As a listener there are a few things that really stick out such as: narration, topic matter, and the consistent release of episodes.

The horror genre of Podcasts is an area that tends to fall in one of two categories: fiction, or non-fiction. It’s all personal preference. This article is going to target fiction, and more specifically: The NoSleep Podcast and the work of author Marcus Damanda.

Background

I want these posts to be fairly fast paced. For that reason I’m going to cliff note specific things so that I can expand on other points that I want these posts to be about, which is direction. Why you should listen to a particular Podcast, follow a specific author, and what episodes you should heavily consider checking out first.

With that in mind, here is what you need to know about the two listed above:

NoSleep Podcast
In my humble opinion, I don’t feel there is a Podcast that is on the same level as NoSleep. Since the very beginning of my Podcast listening experience NoSleep has kind of been my teacher regarding what to look for in a quality broadcast. The people behind the show show incredible enthusiasm, great work ethic, and genuine care for their fans.

On more then one occasion I have reached out to extend compliments toward narrators and authors and have found myself receiving responses. It may seem like a little thing, but to many listeners, hearing something back is a pretty big deal.

There will be a post in the near future going further into this show.

Marcus Damanda
Marcus Damanda, from my personal experience, is a writer that has incredible talent. My first significant encounter with Marcus’s work was in a NoSleep Podcast, Season 7 Episode 3: “Bonfire Girls”

I should point out, I don’t mean to ignore the fact it has a prequel, “Wearing Black,” but Bonfire Girls was the one that really caught my attention. The story began as a tale of curiosity that dove into the world of darkness and influence driven by it. For someone like myself, it was like handing a lover of classics some Shakespearean text that hadn’t yet been discovered, I was hooked.

I reached out to Marcus on numerous occasions and it was always a pleasant experience. I learned about other content he had available through sources such as Audible and Amazon. Clicking either of those attractive blue links will bring you directly to his pages.

Marcus has the ability to capture emotions felt in dark and gloomy times and paint them with artistic precision. He works hand in hand with Jessica McEvoy, an incredibly talented narrator. Together they bring some of the best content I’ve ever run into.

Interview with Marcus

How did you initially become involved with the NoSleep Podcast and what would you say about your experience thus far?

A: I became involved with the NoSleep Podcast thanks to Jessica McEvoy, which I’m sure can’t be too much of a surprise. She was a relatively new narrator of theirs at the time, and was actually narrating her first audiobook for me. That was The Forever Show, and it was my first audiobook as well. It’s pretty bloody for a young adult vampire book, but at one point she asked me if I ever wrote anything more in the adult realm. I answered, “Well, yeah, sure. That’s the audience I started with.” She asked if I would consider submitting a story to David Cummings and the podcast.

They were still a bi-weekly show at the time, episode 7 of Season 4. I dug my old 90s tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, American White Hair, out of my drawer of old, forgotten stories. Ten productions later, the rest, as they say, is history.

What is the inspiration behind your writing? Are there particular things that motivate you to write on the topics that you do?

A: I love make-believe. So much more interesting than real life. I used to stay up late as a kid, back when cable channels only showed R-rated films after hours, and sneak downstairs to watch them. That’s how I first saw The Omen, Halloween, stuff like that. I was mesmerized, damaged, and forever hooked.

What is your favorite “darker” theme to write about in your stories? The reference to servants of a darker being is consistent, but is there something more to it?

A: My favorite “dark” theme to write on is revenge, which was the impetus behind American White Hair, Super Max Dreams, The Paris Green Solution–good God, there must be something seriously wrong with me.

You and Jessica McEvoy make an excellent team together. As someone that has dabbled with writing and narration a little on my own I’ve run into a few of the challenges of writing and performing tales.

Do you find yourself having to make changes in the way stories are written so that they can be narrated more effectively? Or what exactly is your process for when a story is considered “ready to be narrated”?

A: Jessica’s been the narrator for four of my audiobooks now, and has either narrated or shared a lead in every one of my podcast stories. She’s absolutely amazing, of course. I’m so grateful for our partnership and hope it continues for a long, long time. I will say, straight off the bat when I begun the Summer series, I had Jessica’s voice in my head the whole way. There’s no doubt that heavily influenced the way those four stories took shape. For that matter, so does the prospect of having the story on the podcast. I find myself dropping as many details as I can that I think might sound cool. I know I totally had that top of mind when I thought of the shock treatment story angle in Eating the Machine. I knew Jeff Clement, the Summer Stories’ producer, would kill that.

What would you say have been the largest challenges in developing as a writer? What advice would you give those looking to get into these kinds of literary experiences?

A: My biggest challenge is finding the time. Teaching can be an all-consuming job, and I come home exhausted most days. I set my alarm for 4 A.M. to write instead of staying up late to do it. And I have the same dry spells and frustrations as any person who writes, paints, composes, etc. All I can say is to work through it. Take criticism, when it’s constructive. And the hardest thing? Ignore the haters. That really is tough for me. I want everyone in my audience to be happy with what I do, all the time.

What are your personal goals when it comes to content creation? Are you hoping to achieve a particular milestone of sorts? Or is it something you do strictly for fun?

A: My big dream is to have one of my stories adapted as a major motion picture. That’s been the dream since I was nine years old, and I haven’t given up on it yet. I do write for fun, but I also write for approval (disgusting, I know, but I promised myself I’d give you only the truth) and for the hope of one day being shamelessly and filthy rich.

What Podcasts do you personally listen to and what do you like about them?

A: Apart from NoSleep, which should be required listening for every adult human on the planet, I’m also a massive fan of Lore. Educational and horrifying–hits me right where I live, so to speak.

Lastly, is there anything you would like to say directly to the fans of your work? Along with any announcements regarding what they can expect from you in the near future?

A: To anyone who’s ever enjoyed any one of my stories, let me say that I am the lucky one. I will continue to work very hard to keep you in my audience. In the upcoming months, as time allows, I’m hoping to bring the Summer series to a close with three more installments. I’m also at work on something totally different, which I hope NoSleep will take on once it’s good enough to ship off. Not only that, but Jessica just finished recording my Devil in Miss Drake’s Class audiobook series, and I’m more than halfway through the second Salvation State novel.

In Closing

Marcus is an artist in the field of imagination that stands out. He takes time to work on things he is passionate about and shares ideas with those that are willing to listen.

I strongly suggest you check out everything he has to offer. If you haven’t found him on NoSleep yet then now is your time to.

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions Marcus and best of luck with your current and coming soon projects. I look forward to seeing what you have to deliver.

Podcasts- A Hunt for Great Content

I’ve decided this site is going to to mainly about Podcasts. I will still contribute poetry and short stories, but anything outside and beyond that, nah.

It simply takes too much time to go in several directions.

There are specific Podcasts that really stand out to me and I think I’m going to point out episodes I like most, reviews, and even narrators that I think make a big difference.

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I’ve dabbled into narration myself, it’s tough. It’s harder then any of the voice actors/actresses are given credit for. The psychotic feeling of talking to yourself is only the beginning of this challenge. Tie in dialogue and two different genders in a scene and you can get the idea, it can get a bit challenging to “capture” the variety of voices that may be necessary.

Certain people stand out for certain roles because their voice portrays certain feelings in a brilliant way. Solid narration makes a huge difference. It can be the difference between a great story or a slumber fest.

Anyways, back to the point here. Podcasts captures my interest back when I first listened to Serial about the Anon case, from there I explored. As a natural lover of horror I ventured directly into that area of Podcasts to see what my options were.

I’ve been all over the place when it came to my options. I will state hands down that NoSleep Podcast, found here, is my personal favorite. Whether you are looking for great stories, or great mentors to improve your own narration, you find it all here.

My first article more than likely will be covering a few stories by them that I consider my favorite. I will provide links to anything that I list. I have not seen anyone that covers horror Podcasts in a manner that really drives people to check them out more, which is why I want to be that and do that.

Podcasts that you can expect me to bring up as time moves forward are:

The NoSleep Podcast

Myths and Legends (Not horror but great quality)

Jim Harold- Campfire and Paranormal Podcast

Anything Ghost Show

The Black Tapes

These are just to name a few. If anyone has suggestions that they would like me to check out then I am all ears. I’m always in favor of running into new quality content.

I look forward to putting this together and knowing the direction I now want to go. With any luck I will be able to get some of the Podcasts to give personal input toward some of the articles. It may be facts, it may be direct talk with a narrator or author, any kind of addition would be great.

I have been in touch with a few of the people behind these Podcasts and they are great, hard-working, creative people.

Anyways, on a final note, this isn’t being done for any form of money. This is more about passion, exposure, and networking in no particular order. I’m doing this because I support the efforts put into these forms of entertainment and if I can get more people to check it out and spread the word of something truly enjoyable, then I’m going to do exactly that.

I will try my best to post twice a week. I’ve been bad at keeping a schedule, but I will do my best.